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A Lens Beyond the Killing Fields: A Political Salon with Pete Pin

A Lens Beyond the Killing Fields
A Political Salon with Pete Pin


Thursday, June 20, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

This event is by invitation only.


Born in a refugee camp in Thailand after his family fled the killing fields of Cambodia, documentary photographer Pete Pin now works in Cambodian diaspora communities across America, focusing his lens on this legacy across the generations. From a makeshift California studio and a single portrait of his grandmother—a survivor of Pol Pot’s brutal regime—Pin has turned to artistic dialogue to reverse the systemic dismantling of the Cambodian history and culture.

In recognition of World Refugee Day, Pete Pin and World Policy Journal Managing Editor Christopher Shay explore the unique imprint of this legacy on the Cambodian-American diaspora and the power of artistic expression in empowering a new generation as guardians of their family story.

This Salon is part of the Arts and Policy Incubator at the World Policy Institute, which brings together artists whose work addresses social challenges and policy thought leaders seeking creative ways to reach hearts and minds—and, in turn, hands and feet.

About the Speaker

Pete Pin is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and was later awarded the Allan L. Modotti Scholarship from the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. His past experiences include a stint at TIME Magazine’s photo department. He was the 2011 Fellow at the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund and was named an Emerging Talent by Getty Reportage. Pete is currently an Artist in Residence at the Bronx Museum.

Pete Pin’s project, Cambodian Diaspora, is currently on exhibit at Montefiore Family Health Center in Bronx, N.Y., until July 29. See more of his work on his website.

About the Sponsors

The World Policy Institute is an ideas incubator focused on emerging global challenges, thinkers, and solutions. World Policy fellows, events, policy development and media outreach, alongside our flagship World Policy Journal, provide a forum for solution-directed policy analysis and debate in support of a sustainable market economy, effective governance, and broadened security strategies.

The Political Salon – organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media – regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.


[Image of Dakar Sow House, designed by Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen, and Juliet Kavishe of SAOTA. Image courtesy of]

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